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Report: Clowe won’t face supplemental discipline for interfering from bench

Apr 6, 2012, 1:12 PM EST

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Ryane Clowe won’t be suspended or fined for playing the puck from the San Jose bench last night in a game against the Kings, reports Puck Daddy (citing an NHL source).

According to the rulebook, the only way the league can hand out supplemental discipline is if the player gets involved from the bench during a stoppage in play.

For what Clowe did, the only possible punishment is a minor penalty.

In a related story, every single NHL team just purchased one of those long pool-cleaning poles.

We actually wonder if this will be one of those issues that gets addressed immediately, a la the so-called Sean Avery Rule of 2008 that called for a penalty to be assessed “when an offensive player positions himself facing the opposition goaltender and engages in actions such as waving his arms or stick in front of the goaltender’s face” after Avery did exactly that to Martin Brodeur.

Of course, given the NHLPA was upset the Avery Rule was imposed by the league during the playoffs without going through the competition committee — plus the fact we’re talking about supplemental discipline, not a minor penalty — it might be tough to address now.

Related: Clowe on controversial interference: “I have no idea what you guys are talking about”

  1. bleedingteal4life - Apr 6, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Haha go Clowe go!

    • polegojim - Apr 6, 2012 at 3:56 PM

      Now, look for some on-ice justice.

  2. cableguymike - Apr 6, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    “Instant Karma’s gonna get you
    Gonna knock you right on the head”

    Here’s hoping they draw the Canucks in the first round and get knocked out in 5 games again. The Sharks are playoff fodder. Boom.

  3. sharksman - Apr 6, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Bad Play on Clowe’s part but did not deserve a suspension/fine

  4. atwatercrushesokoye - Apr 6, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    The NHL is always so shortsighted when it comes to things like this, I hope this opens the flood gates and the playoffs are filled with players playing from the bench. Send a message to the other team, don’t skate in front of our bench. And why not hook and trip from the bench? The NHL has already said that it’s just a two minute penalty.

    • snoop0323 - Apr 6, 2012 at 1:33 PM

      Really? It should have been a penalty and the refs missed it. If the refs called a penalty on the play we wouldn’t even be talking about it. As far as your ridiculous “flood gates” point, do you really think teams are going to start attempting to make plays from the bench knowing that every time they do now, the refs are going to call it. C’mon man. Be serious.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Apr 6, 2012 at 1:45 PM

        Why not? If you’re in a close game in the playoffs and the other team is breaking down on a 2 on 1 and one ofm those players is skating by your bench why not play from the bench and knock the puck out or trip or hook him? The worst that’s going to happen is a 2 minute penalty and maybe the opponent will get an opportunity to score on that power play, but I know they have a real opportunity right now, and I know I can eliminate it easily.

  5. qauzaq - Apr 6, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    Ok so cheating is allowed in the NHL. Good to know.

    • habsman - Apr 6, 2012 at 6:41 PM

      Didn’t you see Colin Campbell and the Bruins last year?

      • jond86 - Apr 6, 2012 at 7:17 PM

        F(u)ck you habsman!

  6. cup0pizza - Apr 6, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    That’s crap. Oh well, Sharks will flail in the postseason as usual and it will be great to watch. It’s an annual event.

  7. govtminion - Apr 6, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    At least fine him, come on! All this says is that the NHL is okay with this kind of behavior!

  8. the1849ers - Apr 6, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    It’s a new era, a Ryan Clowe Hat Trick: Fight, Assist, Goal & a play from the bench! This guy keeps finding new ways to help the Sharks. Lets face it, shady penalties go uncalled every game. Like the no-call high sticking that knocked out Thornton’s tooth the other night.

  9. jaybyrd99 - Apr 6, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    Imagine if this was the nfl and someone from the sidelines reached out to deflect a pass . Even if it was unnoticed by the refs , does anyone think that the nfl wouldn’t punish that individual . I love hockey but at times the NHL is such a Mickey mouse league !

  10. bleedingteal4life - Apr 6, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    Ok that’s it, someone inform the ref’s that we will be collecting all the video footage from the past 30 years of hockey and reviewing every misdeed and fining players as such. Expect heavy fines!

  11. odj810 - Apr 6, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    the organization should have gotten fined, but i get in hind sight its kind of just like a 2 many men penalty. but you gotta set a precedent that its not acceptable

  12. highlander24 - Apr 6, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    But if the KINGS ever did something like this the NHL would be all over it right away.

  13. rrino - Apr 6, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    Ya, really something needs to be done here. I think a fine would be sufficient. Whatever it takes to deter players from doing this again. A 2 minute minor is not enough.

  14. nogoodtomedead - Apr 6, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    The outrage here is funny. It was a missed call- the NHL is not okay with cheating. But if they fined/suspended Clowe for this they are setting a precedent that every penalty that isn’t called by refs in a game is going to be disciplined by the front office. And floodgates???? Your idiots- Clowe was stupid here- if the refs see this the Kings go 5 on 3. Teams aren’t going to try and break up rushes through the neutral zone from the bench because this went un-noticed. That’s like saying teams are going to start slashing with reckless abandon because one went un-noticed during a game. Its still a penalty today like it would have been yesterday- the refs just didn’t see it. Teams play to win- a basic strategy in trying to win is to not take penalties. Clowe and the Sharks got lucky- this isn’t a huge conspiracy or a landmark moment in NHL discipline. Settle down.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Apr 6, 2012 at 2:33 PM

      Calling someone an idiot while making a 3rd grade grammatical error…classic!

      I never said this is about Clowe or even the Sharks (or any sort of conspiracy for that matter) to me this is about the NHL seeing something that has very rarely happened and saying it’s no big deal. If they don’t see fit to discipline the Sharks or Clowe that’s okay but get out front on it and make sure that it doesn’t happen again cause right now all the NHL has done is tell everyone that if you do this and it’s caught (something that’s no guarantee since NHL refs are one step below professional wrestling referees when it comes to missing obvious things) that you’ll be given a 2 minute penalty. There will be circumstances where teams and players decide the penalty is worth it.

  15. davebabychreturns - Apr 6, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    This just highlights the need for the league to provide some mechanism to go back and review plays, there’s half a million dollars of camera equipment following the puck around all night and within thirty seconds everyone probably realized what Clowe did but because it’s a minor penalty or nothing there’s simply nothing that can be done now.

    The league either needs to give the refs access to video review or they need to expand the definition and penalties on a rule like “unsportsmanlike conduct” so they can come in the next day and fine/suspend a player who has made a mockery of the game like Ryan Clowe did last night.

    • nogoodtomedead - Apr 6, 2012 at 2:28 PM

      People are so quick to want to implement review in sports. You will kill the pace of the game- especially hockey. So every time a penalty is caught by TV cameras that the refs don’t see, at the next stoppage they are going to go over and get on the phone with Toronto? There will be 40 pp every game and each period will take 90 min to complete. Everybody is saying this is the first time something like this has happened- yet the assumption is that now it will happen all the time? Maybe it doesn’t happen for another 50 years?? Why the sudden concern?? The bigger issue is still with all the concussion problems why players continue to take cheap shots at each other’s heads- that is a major issue- not a bone-head play by Clowe

      • davebabychreturns - Apr 6, 2012 at 3:16 PM

        Well it doesn’t have to be “let’s stop the game for twenty minutes to watch video every time someone gets away with a hook,” you could implement one challenge per game or implement the rule for certain fouls only or…

    • dolanster - Apr 6, 2012 at 3:08 PM

      There’s never “nothing that can be done.” They can’t reverse the outcome of a game, but they can levy supplemental discipline whenever they want to, for anything. (See my post further down on the specific rule).

      I think there should be a lot more AFTER the game review and fines or discipline for stuff like diving and behind the play cheap shots. Just because it’s missed by the refs during the game should mean it escapes review.

      • davebabychreturns - Apr 6, 2012 at 3:19 PM

        Thanks for the correction, I totally agree Clowe should’ve got a fine or even a one gamer for this then.

        Chalk this one up to a lack of integrity for the league then, rather than just poor foresight.

  16. oside760 - Apr 6, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    i hope shannahan and clowe both die in a fiery car crash. or the sharks plane crashes

    • nogoodtomedead - Apr 6, 2012 at 2:33 PM

      This comment wishing death on people actually gets a thumbs up?

    • govtminion - Apr 6, 2012 at 2:56 PM

      Yes, wishing people to die in a plane crash over something like this is a perfectly justified response… someone needs to tie your straight jacket a little better, you seem to have found internet access.

    • sharks123 - Apr 6, 2012 at 4:40 PM

      Forgot your meds dude.

  17. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 6, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    If this had been Avery a new rule would’ve been written in before the game ended.

  18. dolanster - Apr 6, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    The source is not correct. The commissioner can levy supplemental discipline on ANYTHING at ANY TIME, and the rules clearly state so:

    28.1 Supplementary Discipline – In addition to the automatic fines and suspensions imposed under the rules, the Commissioner may, at his discretion, investigate any incident that occurs in connection with any Pre-season, Exhibition, League or Playoff game and may assess additional fines and/or suspensions for any offense committed during the course of a game or any aftermath thereof by a player, goalkeeper, Trainer, Manager, Coach or non-playing Club personnel or Club executive, whether or not such offense has been penalized by the Referee.

    To say “they can’t” is a cop out and not accurate.

  19. sergio408 - Apr 6, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    LA Kings fans can stop complaining about the Clowe incident its poetic justice for them, they weren’t complaining when they won against the CBJ when their scoreboard malfunction in their favor gimme a break Kings fans you guys are joke!

    • oside760 - Apr 6, 2012 at 9:19 PM

      why would we complain about something that went in our favor you stupid @ss???? ur a joke. just like everyone from nor cal

  20. hockeylifer1 - Apr 6, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    Talk about four blind mice, how can all the refs not see a play that involves the puck. They are supposed to be watching the play, if it happened away from the the puck I would understand it. They also called Kopitar for tripping when he never touched him, and the five minute penalty to Clifford should have been two minutes. There were more bad calls, but those were the obvious ones.

  21. bleedingteal4life - Apr 7, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Maybe the fact that they aren’t doing anything about this shows what a small deal this is. Refs miss plays all the time. Couture got creamed into the boards from behind and has to be taken off the ice a period before. Why isnt everyone crying about that?? Oh ya, cuz this is hockey and this kind of stuff happens from time to time. The sharks get raped by the refs on a daily basis, even on home ice.

  22. chumthumper - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Where are the Hanson brothers when you need them?

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